Andy Taylor appointed as Headteacher
Andy Taylor has been appointed to the post of Headteacher of Brent Knoll School. You can read this letter from Liz Bailey, Chair of Governors below –
A very special goodbye
We are very sad to be saying goodbye to our Premises Manager Eamonn Williams.
Eamonn has retired from his role at the school and will be missed greatly. He worked at Brent Knoll for 8 years and in that time has served the school with great professionalism as well as being a friendly face. Eamonn was highly regarded by the staff students, parents, Governors and various other stakeholders that he had dealings with. In addition to successfully helping us move from our old premises in Mayow Road, Eamonn always had the best interests of our pupils at heart and would always go the extra mile to support them. He was good humoured around the school and would have a laugh and a joke with all the staff and pupils, always contributing to a happy atmosphere. He would regularly be driving pupils to off site activities, which he often did in his own time, and will be fondly remembered by all. We wish Eamonn and his family all the very best in retirement in the new home that he has moved to in order to be closer to his children and soon to be grandchild.
We thank Eamonn for all that he has done to help all at the school to ‘Be the best that we can be’.
Spring Term starts January 7th
We hope you had a restful and fun Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing all students back at school on January 7th.
Newsletter December 2018
As we approach the end of another successful term at Brent Knoll School, we wish all students, staff, parents, carers and families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Here is the latest Newsletter from Acting Headteacher Andy Taylor.
Have a lovely holiday!
Christmas call out for Parents and Carers!
On December 18th, Brent Knoll School will be visited by Santa Claus!
Every year, he pays us a visit to chat to our younger students and find out what they are hoping to get for Christmas!
We are in need of elves and little helpers to help make this visit super special for the students.
Last year, parents and carers came together to provide activities and to decorate Santa’s grotto on the day. We would really love to provide the same magical experience for the children again this year and so if you are available on the morning of December 18th, please come and get involved!
If you would like to join us, please contact Lucy in the school office.
Secondary Christmas Music Concert
We are delighted to invite you to Brent Knoll’s Christmas Music Concert on Tuesday 4 December at 10am. The students at our school have been working very hard on their music performance skills and this will give them the opportunity to show off their talents! The concert will last approximately 50 minutes and will include a variety of performances from our Key Stage 4 music students and performances by our Makaton Choir. We do hope you are able to join us!
INSET DAY NOVEMBER 22ND
A reminder to all parents and carers that there will be a staff INSET day on Thursday November 22nd.
Former student takes on the rickshaw challenge!
Former student of Brent Knoll School Abby-Jo is one of the riders in this year’s Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge.
We are so very proud of her and will be watching her progress along the journey from Calais to Manchester!
You can track the rickshaw challengers too by visiting the website here.
New School Prayer
The school has been working towards embedding our vision to ‘Be the best that we can be’ underpinned by our values of kindness, respect, honesty, responsibility and fairness. We had four prayers drafted to include the vision and values and after much deliberation and discussion the overwhelming majority of staff and pupils decided upon the following version.
Here in our school
Let us treat one another with kindness and respect.
Let us help one another to be honest – with others and with ourselves.
Let us trust one another to be fair and to take responsibility for our actions
Knowing that by working together we can
Be the best that we can be
At our Friday afternoon weekly assembly, where we celebrate the achievement that pupils have made over the week, share work done by classes or reflect upon issues form the world around us the end is marked by the whole school community reciting the prayer to remind us of our vision and the values that underpin achieving it.
INSET DAY NOVEMBER 22ND
Please note that on Thursday November 22nd, an INSET day has been scheduled.
School will be back as normal on Friday November 23rd.
Prospective Parent Open Mornings
There are now a number of opportunities for prospective parents to come and look around Brent Knoll School with a view to Primary and Secondary transfer. Please see the calendar on this website for dates.
If you wish to book a place on one of the open mornings, please contact the school office as places are limited. For this reason, we also ask that only parents attend and not children.
Parent Forum Workshop on October 3rd
The next Parent Forum meeting will be on October 3rd at 2.15pm until 3.15pm.
This meeting will be a workshop for parents on Personal Development Plans. Parents will be able to get information on the new personal development tracker that the school will now be using to track students’ development in six key areas; social communication, social interaction, sensory processing, emotional understanding, independence and organisation, and self care and keeping safe. This tracker will link directly to targets identified in pupils’ Education Health Care Plans. The information will then be used to generate a Personal Development Plan and this will replace the previous Individual Education Plan.
Please contact the school office if you would like to attend this meeting.
Welcome back to a new year!
Welcome back to a new year at Brent Knoll!!
It was lovely to welcome back existing pupils and to greet new ones. It’s amazing how some of our pupils have grown over the summer, in height mainly, but some in confidence as well. Although there were many happy faces, some pupils inevitably find the transition back to school difficult and so there were a few tears as well. These disappeared quickly as pupils settled into their new classes and looking around it is clear that our pupils will quickly adapt to the changes to their routines. We can begin a new year with confidence that our focus on teaching and learning will be sustained over the year. As a result of this, we will be able to continue to watch our pupils grow but perhaps more gradually as change is noticed less when it develops day by day.
We have much to look forward to in the coming year and I will be sharing information about the various changes that will be introduced as we tackle our school improvement priorities and implement our vision to:
‘Be the best that we can be’
As we approach the end of another school year, here is the latest newsletter from the Headteacher.
S – Factor Academy Summer Camp
S-Factor Academy are pleased to announce that they will once again be running their free disability athletics summer camp!
For more information, check out the External Resources page of this website!
Parent Forum May 14th
The next Parent Forum Meeting is now scheduled for 9.45am on Monday May 14th.
This meeting will coincide with a visit from two of the organisations who are partnering with the Brent Knoll and Watergate Trust.
For more information please check out the Parent Forum page!
8B RESIDENTIAL TRIP 24TH APRIL
The staff and students of 8B have safely arrived in Weymouth for their residential trip. They have already been for a paddle on the beach!
Years 7 and 8 Residential Trip
All the students on the residential trip to Wide Horizons Margaret Macmillan House have arrived safely and are getting settled in for their stay. We look forward to hearing about their activities!
19TH MARCH SCHOOL OPEN
In spite of the cold and snowy weather over the weekend, Brent Knoll School is open today (Monday March 19th) and the transport is running as usual.
Spring Term Parents Evening
The next Parent’s Evening will be on Thursday March 22nd between 4pm and 6pm. Parent’s Evenings are an ideal opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and discuss their progress in all subject areas.
For more information or to book an appointment (for Primary parents) please see the letter in book bags or contact the school office.
Please note that there will not be provision for children to remain at school after 3.15pm or during the Parent’s Evening.